Take a Break at Powder Valley

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Published on: Oct. 2, 2007

Last revision: Dec. 3, 2010

St. Louis County in 1983.

In a room off the lobby, you’ll spot the Kids Corner, where children can play in a puppet theater with wildlife puppets and touch various natural items like fur, feathers, bones, nuts, turtle shells and more. Kids love to do leaf rubbings here and then take them home as keepsakes.

Get ready to use all your senses to learn about backyard wildlife and habitats, protecting streams, fishing, hunting and wildlife conflicts in the Welcome to the Neighborhood exhibits area. Three large dioramas of various urban habitat types portray the local flora and fauna. Adults can design their own native plant garden for their yard using GrowNative! information and materials.

Kids (and kids at heart) love to explore the real tree house, complete with a “rope” bridge. It is full of things kids love: collections of frogs, woods and bugs, a turtle skeleton, a tree “cookie,” which has rings marked for special years, and a creepy surprise or two.

Be sure to look into the aquarium from above and below. If you visit around 1 p.m. on Sundays, you can watch us feed the fish.

Films of conservation topics are shown in the auditorium every weekend, and each month a new artist’s work is exhibited in our hallway “gallery.”

Check out the beehive, which was donated by Mr. Ted Jansen, and draw a picture for our display before you leave. Ted volunteers his time as often as necessary to care for and advise staff on the health of the hive. He also has given programs and invaluable education to our employees.

You’ll also want to visit the wildlife viewing area, where you can catch glimpses of many different types of song birds, as well as turkeys, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossums and deer. If you want a closer look, you can borrow some binoculars at the front desk.

To learn more about what you’ve seen, visit the library, which is full of nature and conservation books and magazines for adults and children. Relax in the library’s rocking chair as you read, or gaze out the large window facing the forest as you relax and unwind.


All three of the nature center’s trails are paved to prevent erosion and to make them easier to negotiate. The shortest, Tanglevine, is about one-third mile long, and its gentle slopes are disabled accessible. The trail goes by a small pond. Signs help interpret various points of interest along the trail.


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